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    An intimate portrait of Lincoln if I hadn t liked Lincoln before reading Stephen Oates biography, With Malice Toward None, it surely would have won me over Not that it s a glowing eulogy or strays from the factual, but simply that it shows the innumerable obstacles circumstances, people, events he overcame during a remarkable life.In the beginning I grumped a little It seemed a long, slow lead up of failures, and he failed a LOT, to the interesting stuff But it was a necessary preparation An intimate portrait of Lincoln if I hadn t liked Lincoln before reading Stephen Oates biography, With Malice Toward None, it surely would have won me over Not that it s a glowing eulogy or strays from the factual, but simply that it shows the innumerable obstacles circumstances, people, events he overcame during a remarkable life.In the beginning I grumped a little It seemed a long, slow lead up of failures, and he failed a LOT, to the interesting stuff But it was a necessary preparation for the mission of his whole life No matter how many times I read or hear of Lincoln s assassination I hope and pray for the country s sake if not his own for a different outcome Perhaps the bitterness, hatred, prejudice, and vengeance festering in hearts, North and South, after the Civil War, would have proved insurmountable even for Lincoln Perhaps even Lincoln s calm, careful, and deliberate weighing of all sides was effective only in wartime and would not have stood him during the years of Reconstruction Perhaps And yet, I still think he could have made a positive difference as president had he lived But probably it was God s mercy He had given enough He had gotten us through our worst war ever.Only after Lincoln s death, was he truly appreciated One hundred fifty years later, his tremendous impact on our country as well as our immense loss is brought home to me.A hard book to follow up Certainly even his friends turned on him every time he made a decision they didn t like But isn t that human nature I approve of you, so long as you agree with me October 17, 2017 A huge Lincoln fan I have multiple statues, books, movies and other memorabilia of Lincoln But this is my first time to read this book actually we are listening to it Discovered there is a sequel to it Abraham Lincoln The Man Behind the Myths, which I may read But no, I will not read, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, even though my friend who also loves Lincoln says I should I just refuse


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    No book has ever made me cry like this then again, I don t read many biographies It took me much longer to read than I anticipated Not because it wasn t interesting but because it was a long book with a lifetime s worth of detailed information By the end I had really grown to love Lincoln and when his final days drew near I was deeply moved by his life and sacrifices and what he accomplished under what I can only describe as divine guidance Everyone ought to study history We romanticize a No book has ever made me cry like this then again, I don t read many biographies It took me much longer to read than I anticipated Not because it wasn t interesting but because it was a long book with a lifetime s worth of detailed information By the end I had really grown to love Lincoln and when his final days drew near I was deeply moved by his life and sacrifices and what he accomplished under what I can only describe as divine guidance Everyone ought to study history We romanticize and misjudge our ancestors when the truth is people are people no matter the era And every now and then we get an Abraham Lincoln


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    With this fine 1977 biography, historian Stephen B Oates makes a helpful contribution to the crowded field of Lincoln studies Relatively concise for a Lincoln biography at 436 pages, With Malice Toward None provides a well reasoned and thoughtful look at the life of the greatest American President.Oates, formerly a professor of history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, focused throughout his career on the search for racial justice in America, with biographies of key figures in that With this fine 1977 biography, historian Stephen B Oates makes a helpful contribution to the crowded field of Lincoln studies Relatively concise for a Lincoln biography at 436 pages, With Malice Toward None provides a well reasoned and thoughtful look at the life of the greatest American President.Oates, formerly a professor of history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, focused throughout his career on the search for racial justice in America, with biographies of key figures in that struggle Nat Turner, John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, Clara Barton, Martin Luther King Jr With his biographies of Nat Turner and John Brown, Oates chronicled the lives of people who went outside the forms of law in order to fight the injustice and cruelty of slavery When he wrote With Malice Toward None, Oates turned his attention to an American leader who despised slavery just as much as Nat Turner and John Brown did but who, with his legal training and his enduring belief in the power and the supremacy of the law, combatted slavery using legal and Constitutional means.Oates is willing to engage the ambiguities of Lincoln s life When talking about the future president s career as a lawyer in the Eighth Judicial Circuit of pre Civil War Illinois, for example, Oates points out that Lincoln defended both sides in fugitive slave cases, which illustrates the essentially pragmatic approach to the law he and most other attorneys adopted He even emphasizes the cold and brutal logic through which attorney Lincoln could set aside his personal convictions for he claimed to hate slavery and go all out to win for a client, even if that meant sending a family back into bondage p 101 One senses here the tension between Oates s admiration for Lincoln s later anti slavery work and his disapproval of Lincoln, as a practicing attorney, working both sides of the slavery issue Sometimes, I felt that Oates, with his strongly held moral beliefs, might have been projecting his own feelings onto Lincoln When discussing the secession of Virginia, for example, Oates writes that Lincoln was embittered by the lightning speed with which many of Virginia s Union men had joined the secessionists and voted for disunion.Yes, Lincoln was angry with the people of Virginia They had allowed this giant insurrection to make its nest within their borders, within sight of his office windows where he could see the chimneys and church steeples of Alexandria pp 226 27 From my own review of Lincoln s correspondence and other writings of that time, my reading of his emotions at that time is quite different Lincoln was saddened, to be sure, by Virginia s decision to secede He was also surprised President Lincoln seems to have consistently overestimated the extent of Southern Unionism, particularly in the Upper South And he was worried about the strategic and tactical problems involved in protecting the Union capital at Washington, D.C., now that a new political entity claiming to be an independent republic was flying its flag and mustering its military forces right across the Potomac River But angry Embittered I don t see it that way Rather, I think that Lincoln at this time bore himself as Horatio describes the ghost of Hamlet s father with a countenancein sorrow than in anger Oates writes well about strategic and tactical elements of Civil War military history Considering his career long commitment to issues of human rights, however, it should be no surprise that where With Malice Toward None really shines is in its depiction of how Lincoln s stance on the slavery question evolved At first, Lincoln hoped simply to see the peculiar institution restricted to the Southern states in which it was located later, he saw emancipation as a way to attack and weaken a Confederacy that depended upon enslaved labor to keep its military forces in the field and still later, he felt able to advocate and push forward complete and permanent abolition of slavery throughout the Union.A crucial step in that regard, as Oates tells it, came when Lincoln summoned to the White House legislators from the slaveholding border states of Kentucky, Missouri, and Maryland, and tried to persuade them to accept a plan for compensated emancipation of enslaved people in their states The legislators came up with one excuse after another not to accept President Lincoln s plan, and Their intransigence was a sober lesson to Lincoln I t was now blazingly clear that emancipation could never begin as a voluntary program on the state level If abolition was to come, it must commence in the rebel South and then be extended into the loyal border later on Which meant that the President must eradicate slavery himself Yes, Lincoln could no longer avoid the responsibility p 309 From this moment of realization, President Lincoln proceeded toward the Emancipation Proclamation that freed enslaved people in rebel controlled portions of the U.S.A., and later the Thirteenth Amendment that abolished slavery throughout the United States of America Oates describes the Thirteenth Amendment as a cherished political goal for Lincoln And Oates suggests that Lincoln championed the Thirteenth Amendment so strongly in part because he sensed the potential limitations of the Emancipation Proclamation an act that President Lincoln had presented, in his capacity as Commander in Chief of the Union military forces, as a sort of emergency war measure He deeply feared that Congress, the courts, or a later administration might overturn the emancipation proclamation as an illegal use of power Also, there was the argument that the proclamation affected only those slaves in the rebel South who reached Union lines p 404 , not helping enslaved people in Union loyal border states, or in Confederate held territory Accordingly, Lincoln set about using his powers of persuasion and patronage to get the amendment through p 405 a process dramatized in Steven Spielberg s film Lincoln 2012 and Lincoln lived to see the official, Constitutional abolition of slavery everywhere in the United States of America pass through the House of Representatives in January of 1865 With Malice Toward None takes its title from the healing words of the conclusion of President Lincoln s Second Inaugural Address With malice toward none, with charity for all with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right let us strive on to finish the work we are in to bind up the nation s wounds to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations and conveys well the key moments and themes of Abraham Lincoln s extraordinary life


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    What a dude It wasn t just that he did so much, but he stayed so calm while doing it.This is a must read


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    With Malice Toward None The Life of Abraham Lincoln is Stephen Oates s 1977 classic biography of our sixteenth president Oates is an author, historian and former professor of history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst He is the author of sixteen books, many of which are focused on important people and issues relating to the Civil War.Oates s biography was the first comprehensive treatment of Lincoln in nearly two decades Critically hailed, it With Malice Toward None The Life of Abraham Lincoln is Stephen Oates s 1977 classic biography of our sixteenth president Oates is an author, historian and former professor of history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst He is the author of sixteen books, many of which are focused on important people and issues relating to the Civil War.Oates s biography was the first comprehensive treatment of Lincoln in nearly two decades Critically hailed, it quickly gained a reputation as the standard Lincoln biography, replacing Benjamin Thomas s 1952 biography in that role Not until David Herbert Donald s universally acclaimed Lincoln was published in 1995 did Oates s biography relinquish its prominence.Thirteen years after its publication, Oates became embroiled in a plagiarism controversy when a number of similarities between Oates s biography and Benjamin Thomas s biography were discovered The ensuing debate involved several respected historians and authors including five Pulitzer Prize winners and the American Historical Association In Oates s view he was cleared by the AHA, but in the eyes of many including Lincoln historian Michael Burlingame the evidence is against Oates is overwhelming Here is Oates s perspective on the controversy as well as that of Burlingame.Though not as beloved as it was for the two decades following its publication, With Malice Toward None remains a popular choice for readers At just over 400 pages, it is by far the shortest of the classic Lincoln biographies Also, Oates s style of writing is less formal than that of other Lincoln biographers, making for a relatively easy reading experience.The book s brevity comes at a cost, however, as much of the interesting color and detail included in longer biographies is missing here Its informality also proves to be a double edged sword Oates wavers between a traditional style of writing and one that is surprisingly colloquial The frequent moments of vernacular language, while easy to digest, seemdesigned for a books on tape narration rather than serious reading.In addition, while the author often quotes Lincoln, he also frequently paraphrases what Lincoln may have said on some occasion but without using an actual quote presumably because none exists This improvisation, which I ve never before seen in a presidential biography, assists in the flow of the story but is otherwise distracting.As a general matter, Oates s text is quite colorful and expressive His introduction of Mary Todd Lincoln to the reader may be the best I ve read His description of the evening of Lincoln s assassination is the most comprehensive I ve seen though I ve not yet read any of the Lincoln assassination stories Oates s coverage of the Republican nominating convention, and the political jockeying which preceded it, is fascinating though too concise But the book is at its best during the presidential campaign of 1860 and in the months after Lincoln s election.Not every important topic receives equally expert treatment Some of Lincoln s most important personal relationships are never fully explored his parents and his first serious girlfriend, for example and Oates s description of the pivotal Lincoln Douglas debates was the least interesting of any I ve read And in the end, the author takes almost no opportunity to provide insightful analysis of Lincoln s actions or to explore his legacy Instead, like many other biographies of this president, this book ends disappointingly quickly following Lincoln s assassination.Overall, Stephen Oates s With Malice Toward None is a solid, but not outstanding, biography of Abraham Lincoln While there is much to praise about this book including its comprehensive but efficient coverage of Lincoln s life and its fluidity compared to many other biographies it is far from perfect Given the large number of options for Lincoln enthusiasts, Oates s biography will appeal primarily to readers eager for a comprehensive biography of Lincoln but who lack the time required the navigate the newer six to eight hundred page biographies which are enormously popular.Overall rating 3 stars


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    My favorite Lincoln biography Take this with a grain of salt You know how this works when you critically assess another reader s statements what often comes out is that it is very likely the reader s only foray into said biographies Not quite true for me, I recently finished Lincoln and Whitman parallel lives in Civil War Washington Another excellent read, with a finale that s hard to beat in the genre Off to Team of Rivals we goMy favorite Lincoln biography Take this with a grain of salt You know how this works when you critically assess another reader s statements what often comes out is that it is very likely the reader s only foray into said biographies Not quite true for me, I recently finished Lincoln and Whitman parallel lives in Civil War Washington Another excellent read, with a finale that s hard to beat in the genre Off to Team of Rivals we go


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    I was looking for a good, comprehensive biography of Abraham Lincoln s life Mission accomplished.Of course, you will learn all about Lincoln s political life, but you also get a sense of who he was as a person A son, a friend, a father, a husband, a community member Looking back, we think of Lincoln as a strong, intelligent man of leadership And he was, but it took him a while to get there He has his problems and weaknesses just like any other human being A reader of this book will see how I was looking for a good, comprehensive biography of Abraham Lincoln s life Mission accomplished.Of course, you will learn all about Lincoln s political life, but you also get a sense of who he was as a person A son, a friend, a father, a husband, a community member Looking back, we think of Lincoln as a strong, intelligent man of leadership And he was, but it took him a while to get there He has his problems and weaknesses just like any other human being A reader of this book will see how Lincoln had to fight for everything he earned He worked his way to the top of American political life, and once he reached the top, he found his work had only just begun This imperfect, somewhat inexperienced man faced managing a war, dealing with splits between Democrats and Republicans and splits within the Republican party, figuring out how to free slaves and integrate them into a white society that did not want them, and above all trying to save the Union Why was Lincoln a great man Because he actually managed to do all of the above, or at least set things on the right path No other President in American history faced such a great burden.Although this book isn t exactly a page turner, it is very easy to follow and provides a very good overview of Lincoln s life, both personal and professional If you want to have a good foundation for learning about the great Abraham Lincoln, this is an ideal place to begin


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    Even though I knew how this story would end, this book still had me on the edge of my seat Lincoln is one of my heroes, and this is the only biography of his that I actually enjoyed It wasn t as dry as most others, and read like a novel I loved seeing him in the light of a real human, from his humble upbringing, through trial after trial, and failure after failure He was both a spiritual and a political giant, and was no doubt divinely appointed for his time as President I admire how benevo Even though I knew how this story would end, this book still had me on the edge of my seat Lincoln is one of my heroes, and this is the only biography of his that I actually enjoyed It wasn t as dry as most others, and read like a novel I loved seeing him in the light of a real human, from his humble upbringing, through trial after trial, and failure after failure He was both a spiritual and a political giant, and was no doubt divinely appointed for his time as President I admire how benevolent he was, even to those who hated him, used him, and betrayed him He stood for what he knew to be right, even in the fiercest opposition I love Harriet Beecher Stowe s description of him a man of peculiar strengths, not a strong, aggressive individual so much as a passive one with the durability of an iron cable, swaying back and forth in the tempest of politics, yet tenacious in carrying his great end I also admire how his word was like an unbreakable contract that couldn t be broken What a different world this would be if we could count on every politician to be as honest and trustworthy.


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    I loved this book I learned about the Big stuff regarding Lincoln s life in grade school but I have never really understood the smaller details associated with his life This is a fantastic history book I was shocked that his presidency was under constant criticismright up to the point of his assassination It was also interesting to read about the prominent people of the day and the absolute, bigoted comments they made concerning equality of all men If this book piques your interest in th I loved this book I learned about the Big stuff regarding Lincoln s life in grade school but I have never really understood the smaller details associated with his life This is a fantastic history book I was shocked that his presidency was under constant criticismright up to the point of his assassination It was also interesting to read about the prominent people of the day and the absolute, bigoted comments they made concerning equality of all men If this book piques your interest in the Civil War, check out Killer Angels which is THE book about the battle of Gettysburg Abraham Lincoln truly was a national hero


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    Extremely well done biography on Abraham Lincoln Would recommend to everyone.Recommended to me by DavidI learned a lot from this book A blessing from God that this was the man in leadership during one of the most tragic times in America s history.


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With Malice Toward None: A Biography of Abraham Lincoln Full, Fair, And Accurate Certainly The Most Objective Biography Of Lincoln Ever Written Pulitzer Prize Winner David Herbert Donald, New York Times Book ReviewFrom Preeminent Civil War Historian Stephen B Oates Comes The Book The Washington Post Hails As The Standard One Volume Biography Of Lincoln Oates With Malice Toward None Is Recognized As The Seminal Biography Of The Sixteenth President, By One Of America S Most Prominent Historians